I just want to brag on my favorite grocery store, so I’m sharing with you what I got for $150 this time.
If I’m on a $50 budget, I have to use my calculator to make sure I don’t go over. With $150 in hand, however, I can go crazy!
I was also pretty excited after this trip because I didn’t calculate as I went along…I kind of just went wild. By the time I got to the cashier, I’d gone a little over budget (aka what I keep in the joint account) but happened to have JUST enough cash on me to cover it all. I didn’t go over much, only about 17$.
I’m trying to build on the progress I made in 2017 toward eating healthier. I’m not on a diet, I’m not really working out much, but I am starting in the kitchen with healthy habits. I don’t want Leopold to grow up with the same kind of food issues my family struggled with! Now is the time to do the best I can for my family. Aldi has some seriously cheap produce, and I rarely have any issues with freshness or quality! I would even venture to say that a lot of it is better than many other grocery stores in my area.
This is the final product after I got home! I was so thrilled with my haul, I wanted to share it with you all!
Even the frozen fruits are vastly cheaper than they are in regular stores! I think I got each large bag for under $5.
Shopping at Aldi takes some getting used to. They don’t have as many choices (which was a tough adjustment), but I really like that better now. It’s easier to grab what I need and go without pondering which one is best. They don’t have a lot of the same name brands that you are used to.
Why is Aldi so cheap, you ask? A couple reasons are…they don’t have to hire as many employees as regular stores. They use grocery carts that are operated by inserting a quarter. Lazy people who don’t want to return their carts are surprisingly less lazy if it means they get a quarter back. I love the sense of community that it creates as well. I am often given a cart by someone leaving the store who doesn’t even want that quarter back. It’s a small gesture but it makes me smile, and I try to pay it forward when I’m leaving. Since the customers bring the carts back on their own, that’s one less task for the staff to complete.
They don’t have bags…at all! Well, they do SELL paper bags, plastic bags with handles and thermal freezer bags. They usually range from 5 cent to $1.99. You have to remember to bring your own reusable bags! They do have empty food boxes lying around usually, if you forget your bags and don’t want to buy one.